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Local Governments In Ogun State
ABEOKUTA SOUTH

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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Abeokuta was the first independent State in Nigeria. Local Government Administration first started in Abeokuta, and it compromises four sections:

  • Egba Alake headed by the Alake
  • Egba Oke-Ona headed by the Osile
  • Egba Gbagura headed by the Agura
  • Egba Owu headed by the Olowu. 

Each sections was headed by an Oba.  The four sectional Obas met on January 31, 1893 and decided to form a united government, hence on February 1, 1898 the Egba United Government was born.  It was headed by the Alake and he was ably assisted by the sectional Obas. 

Later on, Alake became the Sole Adminstrator and his regime was popularly known as the Alake-in-Council.  He was assistd by elected councillors who represented various wards of the town. This system of adminstration was in place until 1954. In 1955; the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo introduced Local Government Administration to former Western Region. 

Abeokuta South Local Government is usually referred to as the Premier Local Government, owing to the historic eminence of that geographical entity as the traditional seat of the Local or Native Authority in Egba since 1898 as well as the seat of the Government of Ogun State that came into existence in 1976.  Also, Abeokuta Local Government, with its headquaters at Ake, was one of the 301 Local Governments created and which had their elected councils inaguranted in January, 1977.  However, in September, 1991, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Adminstration created the Abeokuta South Local Government with its headquarters at Ake and the Abeokuta North Local Government, with its headquarters at Akomoje.  Abeokuta South Local Government,is mainly inhabited by the Egba Ake stock.  The Egba Alake is made of Egba Eku, Egba Aarin and Egba Agbeyin.

PEOPLE

Religion:Christianity, Islam and Traditional religions are the three religions of the people of the Local Government.

Traditional Festival:The people of Abeokuta South Local Government annually have three festivals which are

  1. Egungun
  2. Igunuko
  3. Oro.

INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT

Road:The Local Government has about 35km of tarred roads scattered within the area. The tarring of these roads is mainly through direct labour by the works and housing department of the Local Government.  It is also important to mention that the only means of transportation in the Local Government is by road.

Housing:The Local Govenment has housing estates at Asero and along old Owode road.

Electricity: The total expanse of the Local Government is connected to the national grid.

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

 Occupation of its indigenes are poetry, tie & dye amongst others. These they are doing on a large scale in anticipation of foreign investment oppotunities.

ADMINISTRATIVE/POLITICAL DIVISIONS

The Local Government is divided into 15 wards for the purpose of elections of councillors into the local government council. These wards are:

  1. Ake 1
  2. Ake 2
  3. Ake III(Adatan/Lantoro) 
  4. Emere
  5. Ijemo
  6. Itoko
  7. Ijaiye/Idi-Aba
  8. Erunibe/Ijoko/Ilogbo/Oke-Ejigbo
  9. Oke Ijeun
  10. Ago Ijesha/Ijeun-Titun/Ago-Egun
  11. Sodeke/Isale Ijeun I
  12. Sodeke/Isale Ijeun II
  13. Oke-Yeye/Imo/Isabo
  14. Igbore/Itori/Ago-Oba
  15. Ibara

TOURISM

There are many cottage industries in Abeokuta South Local Government. Some of these are:

  • Pottery at Ijaiye
  • Tye and dye at Itoku
  • Wood carving
  • Blacksmitting etc.